Brexit news latest – New deal a THREAT to gigs & movies, entertainment legends Dawn French and Ronan Keating claim

THE £660 billion Brexit trade deal with the EU poses a threat to the future of the music and movie industry, entertainment legends claim.

Dawn French, Ronan Keating and Gary Kemp are among the household names to sign a petition calling on the government to negotiate a free culture work permit for UK performers in the EU.

They argue that without the permit, UK stars won't be able to perform in the EU as they can now, massively reducing their income and having an enormous knock-of affect on grassroots entertainment industry.

At least 170,000 people have so far signed the petition which demands the government create a work permit that allows performers to get around details in the new trade deal limiting those working abroad.

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    EUROSCEPTIC MPS BACK BREXIT DEAL

    Senior Eurosceptic MPs within the Conservative Party have backed the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK.

    They said the agreement "preserves the UK's sovereignty".

    A self-styled "star chamber" of lawyers was assembled by the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteers to examine the 1,246-page text of the agreement.

    They said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon: "Our overall conclusion is that the Agreement preserves the UK's sovereignty as a matter of law and fully respects the norms of international sovereign-to-sovereign treaties."

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    HOW TO APPLY TO THE EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME

    If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after Brexit.

    People who started living in the UK by December 31, 2020 are eligible.

    If you have lived in the UK for less than five years, you could be granted pre-settled status; if you have lived in the UK for five years or more, you could get the settled status.

    The deadline for applying is June 30, 2021.

    To find out more and apply, click here.

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    ONLY THREE DAYS TO GO

    With only three days to go until the UK officially leaves the EU, you might be wondering what you need to do to prepare.

    To help, the Government has launched a Brexit Checker, which gives people advice on which steps they need to take depending on their nationality, profession or location.

    To find out more, visit this website.

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    BREXIT DEAL BRINGS RELIEF TO FRENCH FISHERMEN

    A French fisherman has said the Brexit deal has been a relief for him and his colleagues.

    Bruno Margolle, who heads a fishermen's cooperative in Boulogne-sur-Mer, told Reuters: "It's a relief. I'm not going to say otherwise.

    "We were strung up on the guillotine, waiting."

    For Margolle, whose trawler the Nicolas-Jeremy spends 200 days of the year chasing mackerel, whiting and squid through British waters, the big win was the right to keep fishing within the six to 12 mile band off Britain's coast.

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    PRICE IS RIGHT

    Shoppers will not be hit by high food prices after Brexit with any hikes "very modest indeed", the chairman of Tesco has promised.

    John Allan described Boris Johnson's EU trade deal as a "good outcome" for consumers.

    The supermarket chief told the BBC it would "hardly be felt in terms of the prices that consumers are paying".

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    FINAL STEPS

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    DEAL TO BE SIGNED TOMORROW

    The UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal will be signed in Brussels on Wednesday by EU chiefs before being flown by an RAF plane to London for Boris Johnson to sign, Downing Street said.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman said the international treaty would be signed by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel before being flown across the Channel.

    An RAF plane will transport the treaty, accompanied by UK and EU officials, and the document is expected to be signed by the Prime Minister in Downing Street on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Shayma Bakht

    KEIR FACES REVOLT OVER BREXIT

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is facing a high-profile revolt over his decision to back Boris Johnson's EU trade deal in this week's Commons vote.

    Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and ex-cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw are among the signatories to a statement calling on opposition parties not to support the "rotten" agreement.

    Sir Keir has said he will call on Labour MPs to support the "thin" post-Brexit free trade agreement, despite concerns that it will fail to protect many key economic sectors.

    He argued that the alternative of ending the Brexit transition period on December 31 without a deal in place would be even worse for the economy.

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    STOCKS SOAR AND BREXIT IS DESCRIBED AS A "BLESSING"

    AvaTrade analyst Naeem Aslam told AFP: "The Brexit deal is really a blessing… for the UK and for the FTSE 100 index.

    "There is no doubt that the FTSE 100 has been a laggard index and now is its time to shine."

    He says this as stocks surged upwards today and investors jumped into action over Britain's long-awaited Brexit deal with the EU.

    The FTSE 100 index shot up 2.2 percent in late morning deals – having last traded on Christmas Eve before the announcement that Britain and the EU finally struck a trade deal.

    The pound climbed against the dollar but steadied versus the euro.

     

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    UK SAYS DEAL IS 'GOOD' FOR FISHERIES INDUSTRY

    Reuters reports that a senior member of the UK negotiating team says the UK/EU trade agreements is a good deal for fisheries industry to rebuild itself.

    This comes as London stocks surged today with investors relieved over Britain's long-awaited Brexit deal with the EU.

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    'FREEDOM IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT'

    Boris Johnson has said “freedom is what you make it” and that he hopes the public are now reassured as he promises to break free from EU rules after signing a Brexit deal.

    The trade deal was finally secured on Christmas Eve after four years of bitter wrangling between the UK and EU.

    More on the story here

    Boris Johnson holds a Brexit press conference after signing the dealCredit: Crown Copyright
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    SCOTLAND'S INTERESTS 'ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY DEAL'

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the analysis was "deeply troubling" and that "Scotland's interests are adversely impacted by the deal reached by the UK and the EU".

    He added: "Scottish coastal communities were told that any Brexit deal would mean a very large rise in fishing opportunities.

    "In fact, for the key stocks that the Scottish industry depends on, far from seeing a big increase, there will actually be a fall in the quantity of fish they can land.

    "We were also told that a red line for the UK Government was that the fisheries deal would not be tied to the overall trade deal.

    "In fact, fisheries is hardwired into the overall deal, meaning any attempt to reduce EU access in future will lead to trade sanctions – hitting key Scottish industries like salmon producers."

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    KEY FISHING STOCKS IN SCOTLAND COULD FALL

    Key fishing stocks landed by the Scottish fleet are set to fall as a result of the Brexit fisheries deal, according to Scottish Government analysis.

    The study suggests eight fish stocks will not present an increase in fishing opportunities, with ministers also saying shares in five-and-a-half years' time will still be less than their current equivalent.

    Currently, the average UK landing percentage of total EU and UK quota combined for North Sea cod is 63.5 per cent.

    However, the analysis says this will drop to 57 per cent – the maximum percentage of total EU and UK quota available to the UK – under the Brexit deal.

    Similar decreases have been estimated for North Sea haddock (92.5 per cent to 84.2 per cent), Rockall haddock (88.4 per cent to 85 per cent), North Sea saithe (31.6 per cent to 26 per cent), North Sea whiting (82.7 per cent to 73.5 per cent) and North Sea hake (55.6 per cent to 53.6 per cent).

    The figures remain the same both before and after the deal for Rockall cod (75 per cent) and West of Scotland cod (81.2 per cent).

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    BREXIT IS HAPPENING 'AGAINST SCOTLAND'S WILL', SAYS STURGEON

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    RYANAIR AND WIZZ AIR STRIP UK SHAREHOLDERS OF VOTING RIGHTS

    British shareholders in Ryanair and Wizz Air will have their voting rights removed after the end of the Brexit transition period, as the two London-listed airlines moved to protect their European licences.

    Ryanair said on Tuesday that it would move ahead with plans to treat so-called ordinary or depositary shares as restricted shares if they are owned by non-EU nationals.

    This will include British citizens, the airline said.

    It followed a similar move by Hungarian airline Wizz Air, which is also listed in London.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BUSINESSES AND CITIZENS NEED TO GET READY FOR CHANGES

    Senior Cabinet minister Michael Gove said: “The deal is done, but with big change comes challenge and opportunity.

    “The nature of our new relationship with the EU – outside the Single Market and Customs Union – means that there are practical and procedural changes that businesses and citizens need to get ready for, and time to make these final preparations is very short.”

    Michael Gove said citizens and businesses need to get ready for changesCredit: AFP or licensors
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    DEAL PROVIDES 'REASSURANCE'

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak added: "This deal also provides reassurance because there's a stable, regulatory co-operative framework mentioned in the deal which I think will give people that reassurance that we will remain in close dialogue with our European partners.”

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said the Brexit deal provides reassuranceCredit: PA:Press Association
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    TURNING LONDON INTO A GLOBAL FINANCIAL POWERHOUSE

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he was examining how to turn London into a global financial powerhouse now the shackles of the EU have been freed.

    He added he was exploring “how we make the City of London the most attractive place to list new companies anywhere in the world.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TRADE DEAL WITH TURKEY TO COME

    Britain is poised to sign a bumper trade deal with Turkey as the ink on the EU agreement was still drying.

    Trade Secretary Liz Truss signed off a £18.6bn pact as Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the nation can now "do things a bit differently" after sealing the Christmas Brexit deal.

    Ms Truss and her team have now agreed trade deals with 62 countries, alongside the new EU deal – accounting for around £885bn of UK trade.

    She said: “We now look forward to working with Turkey towards an ambitious tailor-made trade agreement in the near future, as we aim to open new global markets for great British businesses, drive economic growth and improve people’s lives across both countries.”

    You can read more here

    Liz Truss said she looks forward to working with TurkeyCredit: Reuters
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    MICHEL BARNIER SAYS HE WANTS TO SERVE FRANCE

    Michel Barnier said he saw himself serving his home country, France, in the future, following his work on negotiating Britain's exit from the EU.

    "I will use my energy to work for my country," the centre-right politician told Franceinfo radio when asked about his plans, adding that France was in need of "unity, solidarity and justice".

    "I am a patriot and a European. I never stopped being involved in the French political debate. I will see where I can be useful," he said.

    Michel Barnier said he wants to serve France in the futureCredit: AFP
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    STILL SOME ELEMENTS TO DEFINE

    Michel Barnier said there were still some elements to define in the EU's future relationship with Britain.

    They include foreign policy cooperation.

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    DEAL BRINGS STABILITY, SAYS BARNIER

    European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the trade deal struck with Britain was a relief and provided stability for people and companies.

    "We've delivered an orderly Brexit," Barnier told Franceinfo radio. The last-gasp deal clinched a week before the year-end deadline brought "a little stability," he added.

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    'SOVEREIGN EQUALS'

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    WE ARE IN A 'STRONGER POSITION'

    Under the terms of the agreement, 25 per cent of EU boats’ fishing rights in Britain’s waters will be transferred to the UK fishing fleet, over a five-and-half year transition period.

    Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said: “I think it is fair to say that we are in a stronger position than we were in the EU and in the common fisheries policy.” 

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    DEAL 'RESPECTS OUR RIGHTS'

    Dominic Raab said “the deal respects our rights as an independent coastal state, delivering total control over our fisheries.”

    He added: “This benefits the whole UK, but particularly our fishing communities in Scotland.” 

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